Matthew 6:5-15 (message focus)
Fall ROOTS series.
There is so much in this text. Jesus starts out by telling us how NOT to pray. Don’t pray to put on a show. Prayer is talking with God. It is a private thing. It is not to make us look good. And, don’t treat prayer as work – the more you pray the more God hears. We aren’t supposed to wear God out with whining or negotiating. The best prayer is simple and direct.
Then, he teaches us how to pray. He gives us a great gift, “The Lord’s Prayer” or the “Our Father”.
Robin, Jesse’s birth, praying "The Lord's Prayer"
ADDRESS: “Our Father who art in heaven”
Intimacy: “father”, “abba” used as the intimate term for fathers by both children and adults (Bruner, 295).
Family: Jesus invites us into the family, “our father”, makes us children
Jesus’ term, “my father” or “the father” ... never “our father”
Malachi 2:10 Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors?heavens (plural form, as “skies” above all people)
REQUESTS: all about God, and all answered by God (not us)
“The President of the United States”
Hallow: Hebrew kavod, “glory”, gravitas (Bruner, 298)
Expectation – fully manifested, end of days
“Have it your way” (Burger King)
LOCATION: “on earth as it is in heaven”
Imagine a world
“There is some kind of exciting invisible world at work in perfect obedience to God, where God’s name, kingdom, and will are treated with the respect they deserve. Morever, this phrase asks us to believe that something like heavenly worship and obedience can also touch earth.” (Brunner, 304-305)CONCLUSION
Faith: The hallowing of the name of God the Father
Hope: The coming of the kingdom of God’s Son
Love: The doing of God’s will by the power of his Spirit
Bruner, Frederick Dale. 2004. Matthew: A Commentary. Matthew 1-12, The Christbook, revised and expanded edition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.